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  1. News, sport, weather and travel for the West of England on Wednesday 31 May, 2017.

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Police thank public for help finding escaped prisoner

Michal Kisiel
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Wiltshire Police say a call from a member of the public led to the arrest of escaped prisoner Michal Kisiel.

He has been arrested this evening after being seen walking past a day nursery in Nunton Village, near Salisbury.

Kisiel, aged 30, escaped from prison guards at Salisbury District Hospital at around 7pm on Tuesday 30 May.

Police say they have received a large number of calls from the public with sightings all over the country

This evening a member of the public called at approximately 8.40pm with a possible sighting which led to his arrest.

I would like to thank the public for all of their help in finding this escaped prisoner. As much as we are able to use policing methods to find him, ultimately it was an alert member of our community who spotted the offender and proactively called 999. It is at times like this when everyone pulls together to help us keep our communities safe

Superintendant Sue AustinWiltshire Police

BreakingEscaped prisoner arrested by police

Wiltshire Police have arrested prisoner Michal Kisiel.

Kisiel, aged 30, escaped from prison guards at Salisbury District Hospital at around 7pm on Tuesday 30 May.

He has been arrested this evening after being seen walking past a day nursery in Nunton Village, near Salisbury.

The arrest took place after a member of public called police suspecting they had seen the wanted man.

Officers arrested Kisiel safely and no injuries were sustained. He remains in custody and will be returned to prison in due course.

Good night from Local Live

It's time for us to say good night. Thanks as always for joining us today. We'll be back at 7am with all the region's news, sport, travel and weather.

We leave you with Ian Fergusson who has the weather forecast for the West Country. It looks like another sunny day tomorrow but with the possibility of rain.

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NHS protest rally in Bristol

Around a thousand people joined together in Bristol tonight to protest against cuts to the National Health Service.

They were hoping to be greeted by the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, but at the last minute he decided to take part in the BBC election debate instead.

Points West Political editor Paul Barltrop was at the rally in Bristol.

Around a thousand people were in Bristol tonight to protest against cuts to the NHS

The Prime Minister talks policies while in the West

The Prime Minister Theresa May has been campaigning for the forthcoming general election in the West today.

While visiting factory workers in Bath, she spoke exclusively to BBC Points West political reporter Robin Markwell.

He pressed the Prime Minister on funding cuts in schools, changes to social care and her party's narrowing lead in some opinion polls in the run up to the election.

Tough questions for the Prime Minister while in the West

Police in tiger death probe U-turn

Rosa King
Hamerton Zoo

Police have confirmed they are now investigating the death of a zookeeper killed by a tiger.

Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire at about 11:15 BST on Monday.

She is understood to be from Chippenham in Wiltshire

Police attended the scene, but on Tuesday morning said Ms King's death was "non suspicious" and they were not investigating.

They have now said while the "circumstances" are not suspicious, her death is still "unexplained".

A joint investigation by police and Huntingdonshire District Council - which is responsible for licensing the zoo - is under way

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Army officer cleared of Uganda rape

Sheraton Hotel in Uganda
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Lt Col Tomkins denied raping the woman at the Sheraton Hotel in Uganda

A British Army officer has been cleared of raping a woman in a Ugandan hotel room after a UN meeting.

Lt Col Benedict Tomkins, 49, based at Abbey Wood, near Bristol, was acquitted by a board of Army officers at Bulford Military Court in Wiltshire.

He had denied raping the woman in her room at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on 7 January 2015, saying the sex had been consensual.

The board said it was "embarrassed" by Lt Col Tomkins' conduct.

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Escaped prisoner still on the run

Michal Kisiel
Wiltshire Police

A "dangerous" escaped prisoner, thought to be armed with a razor blade, may have left Wiltshire, police said.

Michal Kisiel, 30, left Salisbury District Hospital on Tuesday evening after escaping from prison guards.

Wiltshire Police said despite searches throughout the day and a "large number" of calls from the public they had been unable to locate him.

Officers said he still requires treatment for a head wound. The public have been advised not to approach him.

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Happy birthday Jock!

Your chance to own a piece of Bristol theatre history

Bristol Hippodrome
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Fancy owning a piece of Bristol theatre history?

Well the legendary Hippodrome is selling seats which are being replaced this summer.

Jenny Hutchinson, General Manager says, “This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Bristol Hippodrome history that may also hold some very special memories for you or a loved one.”

She added that the theatre will be using part of money raised to make a donation to a local Bristol charity, selected from those nominated by purchasers.

The theatre was designed by architect Frank Matcham in the late 1900s.

Could farms lose out on seasonal workers post Brexit?

The talk at this year's Royal Bath and West Show this year appears to be all about the effects of Brexit.

Many sectors, such as health and social care and hospitality, rely on an army of migrant and seasonal workers.

But what's the implication of Brexit for those working in agriculture?

There are fears from some there will not be enough people for seasonal work post Brexit.

Council says no to new student accommodation in Bath

Plans for a new student accommodation block in Bath have been rejected.

The planning committee at Bath and North East Somerset Council rejected the plans in Oldfield Park based on the design of the building and its proximity to historic buildings.

Objections were raised by residents who said students weren't putting bins out on the right day, parking issues and anti-social behaviour.

Labour's election bus visits the West, without leader

The Labour election bus rolled into the West earlier.

Waiting supporters were hoping to be greeted by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, but at the last minute he decided to take part in the BBC election debate instead.

In his place was Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayne.

Labour's battle bus visits the West, without leader

Severe traffic delays around M5 junction 19 after car fire on Avonmouth Bridge

Highways England say the vehicle has been recovered and the bridge has been inspected . All lanes are now open J19-J18 northbound.

But traffic is taking a while to recover,

M5 traffic
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M5 traffoc
Highways England
M5 traffic
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Escaped prisoner 'may have left Wiltshire'

Michal Kisiel
Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police say they are continuing to follow leads in the search for escaped prisoner Michal Kisiel.

Kisiel, aged 30, escaped from prison guards at Salisbury District Hospital at around 7pm on Tuesday. He still requires treatment for a head wound.

He is believed to have a razor blade in his possession and is considered to be dangerous. The public are advised not to approach him

Police say they've received a large number of calls from the public with sightings all over the county.

They now believe he may have left Wiltshire although they have not been able to confirm this.

Local officers, in conjunction with our partners including the Ministry of Justice, continue to work together to maximise our information of this man’s known associates and previous connections to close in on his location. I would like to appeal to Michal's friends and to Michal himself - I would urge him to turn himself in and do the right thing.

Detective Inspector Mark KentSalisbury CID

We will continue our plans to keep extra high visibility reassurance patrols in the local area to reassure the public. We do believe that he may have left the local area but we will not be complacent and I will be ensuring that officers continue to patrol and engage with the public in the local area to get information.

Inspector Pete SparrowWiltshire Police

Points West at 60: Royal Bath and West Show in years gone by

Watch: The Bath and West Show in years gone by

Points West is 60 years old this year and to mark the occasion we're looking through the archives.

The Royal Bath and West Show is 154 years old this year and this year's event kicked off in Shepton Mallet today.

In 1974, a fresh-faced John Craven was sent to report on that year's event.

Elsewhere we look back to cars stuck in the mud and show-goers marvelling at the technological advances in farming machinery!

'Banksy' cardboard protest placard makes £10,000 at auction

The spray-painted cardboard artwork was used in the 2003 anti-war protests in London
Rowley's

A cardboard placard claimed to be by Bristol-born street artist Banksy has sold for £10,000 at auction.

The piece - depicting a young girl clutching a bomb - is said to be one of dozens made for a protest against the Iraq War in 2003.

It had been kept in a flat by a protester until 2016, when it was sold to its current owner.

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Metal 'sketch boxes' placed around Exmoor

Watch: Sketch boxes placed around Exmoor

A community arts festival in Somerset is asking for people to contribute their own poetry or drawings.

Organisers of the Simonsbath Festival want people to "scratch, scribble or scribe" in the sketch books placed in boxes placed around Exmoor.

The best contributions will be featured in the festival taking place now until 23 June.

Prime Minister poses for pictures at Royal Bath and West Show

The Prime Minister has attracted big crowds in an unscheduled appearance on the first day of the Royal Bath and West Show.

Theresa May arrived to support her Conservative candidates for the Somerton and Frome and Wells constituencies.

Watch: The Prime Minister joined local Conservative candidates

Avon Fire and Rescue at Avonmouth Bridge car fire

Car fire on M5 Avonmouth Bridge

Two lanes are closed due to a vehicle fire on the M5 Avonmouth Bridge northbound between J19 A369 (Portishead) and J18A M49.

Car fire on bridge
BBC
Car fire on bridge
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Gig boat racing underway on the River Avon.

Two boats from Clevedon Gig Club are racing s to land a commercial pilot onto the Matthew.

The replica ship is travelling from Sheerness to Bristol and requires a pilot for passage up the Avon Gorge

Watch the race as it happens here...

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Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J19 for A369 and J18A for M49 affecting J20 for B3133.

M5 Bristol - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 Avonmouth Bridge northbound between J19, A369 (Portishead) and J18a M49, because of an earlier vehicle fire. Congestion to J20, B3133 (Clevedon).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Huge crowd in Swindon left disappointed as Jeremy Corbyn decides on TV debate

All lanes open on M5 after vehicle recovery

Prime minister gets a taste of the Royal Bath and West Show

Theresa May samples cheese at the Bath and West Show
PA

It's day one of this year's Royal Bath and West Show and the prime minister has made an appearance, campaigning ahead of next week's general election.

Theresa May arrived to support her Conservative candidates for the Somerton and Frome and Wells constituencies.

The show is England's biggest celebration of rural life and the only four-day royal show in the country.

Mrs May joined about 150 cheese makers at the 24th annual British Cheese Awards at the show.

Rare squirrel unfazed by filming

This is the moment a white squirrel hopped up to Cliff Toghill and Richard Mogie as they worked at a timber yard in Bath on Monday.

The creature seemed undeterred by all the attention it was getting and enjoyed a forage for food, before scampering off into the undergrowth.

The odds of a squirrel being born white is thought to be about one in 100,000.

The creature was spotted at a timber yard in Bath.

Swing bridge to reopen after £3.2m refurbishment

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New Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge
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Cyclists and pedestrians coming from the south and west of Bristol will be able to use the Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge once again after it reopens tomorrow.

The Grade II-listed, 110-year-old, bridge will now have a new cycling and walking lane.

The bridge was badly corroded in places.

A separate lane for MetroBus has also been created.

BreakingPolice investigate death of zookeeper Rosa King

Rosa King
Hamerton Zoo

Police have confirmed they are investigating the death of zookeeper Rosa King, who was killed by a tiger on Monday.

Miss King, 34, who is understood to be from Chippenham, Wiltshire, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire Police are now collaborating with the district council in the investigation.

Corbyn cancels campaign visit to West

Corbyn announces he's taking part in TV debate

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will not be coming to the West today after he announced plans to take part in a live TV debate tonight.

He was due to appear at an NHS rally in Bristol this evening, which will now be attended by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner will appear in Swindon and at Forest Green Rovers football club this afternoon.

BreakingDisgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson sentenced to 15 years in prison

Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson, 59, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Ian Paterson
SWNS

Paterson — who studied medicine at Bristol University — was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding.

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker gave the sentence at Nottingham Crown Court.

Lane closed on M5 southbound after HGV breaks down

Vandals target stolen mascot school

Pupils at Holbrook Primary School
BBC

A primary school in Trowbridge has been broken into yet again.

Holbrook Primary was targeted last month by thieves who stole their much-loved mascot bear, Hugo.

Then an unknown visitor returned Hugo to the school last week after an appeal by upset pupils.

Last night's intruders used glue and craft materials to wreak havoc inside.

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Flying Scotsman chugs into Salisbury station

BBC Wiltshire was live at the station with the historic locomotive.

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Severe accident: M4 Bristol eastbound

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M4 Bristol eastbound severe accident, between J20 for M5 and J19 for M32.

M4 Bristol - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J20, M5 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J19, M32 (Bristol), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Otterly adorable

RSPCA West Hatch
RSPCA West Hatch

Two orphaned otters have been building up their strength and honing their skills ahead of being released back into the wild.

Solent was found near Southampton while Sarum was discovered near Salisbury. Both were taken to the RSPCA’s West Hatch animal centre in Somerset.

Being similar in age, the otters were introduced and have spent the winter together.

RSPCA West Hatch
RSPCA West Hatch

Bel Deering, from the animal centre, said the pair enjoy eating fresh trout and playing around in the water.

“They adapt things they find to play with - like a length of hose or sticks," he said.

"They are very social and play together, which helps them to develop their skills for living and hunting in the wild once they are old enough for release.”

Student flats proposal decision due

Controversial plans to build a new student accommodation block in Bath go before planners today.

Those living close to the proposed site in Oldfield Park have registered objections to the plans including "Students do not put their rubbish out on the correct day" and "There will be an increase in the delivery of fast food".

A council committee will consider the proposals for 126 studio apartments on the current Wansdyke Business Centre site at a meeting this afternoon.

Wansdyke Business Centre
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